Poll: South Dakota GOP gubernatorial primary is neck-and-neck
A week before the South Dakota gubernatorial primary, it's a a neck-and-neck contest between Rep. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Marty Jackley, according to a new poll conducted by Mason-Dixon.
The poll, commissioned by the Argus Leader and KELOLAND TV, found that 45 percent of registered Republicans in the state said they would vote for Noem, while 44 percent backed Jackley.
Noem, who has served as South Dakota's at-large representative since 2011, has higher name recognition and higher favorability numbers than her rival. Each has an advantage with voters of their gender; Noem leads by seven points among women, while Jackley leads by the same percentage among men.
The poll also found that President Trump's favorability among registered Republicans in South Dakota stands at 72 percent favorable, 14 percent unfavorable.
The primary is June 5.
The poll, conducted May 21-23, surveyed 625 registered GOP likely voters and has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.